The Electoral Commission of Zambia has revealed that it will amend the Peace Accord which was signed by only by five of the nine participating parties.
The Peace Accord dubbed the Pledge for Peace was a document drafted by the ECZ which was presented at Friday’s meeting with presidential candidates asking them to make a firm commitment to ending electoral violence.
President Edgar Lungu, Peoples Alliance for Change candidate Andyford Banda, UNIP’s Tilyenji Kaunda, the presidential candidate for Democratic Assembly and FDD’s Edith Nawakwi all signed the Pledge for Peace.
However, UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema, Rainbow Party leader and UPP’s Dr Savior Chishimba refused to sign the accord and requested for an addendum to provide for rights, sanctions, obligations and measures for the enforcement of the Pledge for Peace.
Green Party candidate Peter Sinkamba who participated by phone from his base in Kitwe said he was committed to signing the document at a later date.
Commission Spokesman Chris Akufuna said the addendum will be circulated to all the nine presidential candidates.
Mr Akufuna was speaking in Lusaka Saturday morning when he featured on Kwacha Good Morning TV show.
He said the Commission respects the view of the candidates who refused to sign the accord hence the decision to do an addendum.
And Mr Akufuna has revealed that Ballot papers for the general elections and the Referendum are expected to arrive in the country by July 31.
He said the stockpiling and sorting out of the papers has started in Dubai and he is optimistic that the consignment will be delivered in Zambia by the end of the month.